GOT IDEAS ON HOW IMPROVE TCAT ROUTES AND SCHEDULES?
FALL 2020 IS THE PERFECT TIME TO SPEAK UP!
Whether you want to look at it from the big picture or the nitty gritty, the Transit Development Plan(TDP) public process is a once-in-a-decade opportunity for riders and transit stakeholders to participate in a comprehensive review of all TCAT’s routes and schedules and to propose specific changes.
The public arm of the TDP process kicked off with a general overview with two virtual open house sessions on Oct. 14. That was just the beginning. There are still many more ways for riders (and non-riders too) through mid-November to share suggestions and observations, to include the joining a focus group; meeting with our transit-savvy Transit Ambassadors; talk to us by phone during our “office hours;” or by simply using an interactive planning tool here created by our TDP consulting firm, Sam Schwartz Consulting.
WHY GET INVOLVED NOW?
Yes, TCAT does take riders’ suggestions and makes changes –whenever possible — all year round. The extensive TDP process, on the other hand, devotes more time and resources to implement more complex changes. Generally, it’s a once-in-a- decade opportunity for a comprehensive overhaul of our local transit system.
JOIN A VIRTUAL FOCUS GROUP
TCAT is facilitating smaller focus group meetings the last two weeks of October and the first three weeks of November to discuss topics specific to different sectors of our ridership. TO JOIN A FOCUS GROUP please contact Patty Poist at TCAT, (607) 277-9388, ext. 560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Focus Group” in subject line and specify what rider-type session you would like to attend. We will then send you information on how to connect to Zoom.
- Campus Commuters
To be determined– 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Youth Aged 12 to 18
To be determined — 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- College Students
To be determined — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Rural Riders
–Routes 20, 21 & 67 (Enfield, Trumansburg and Newfield) Mon., Oct. 26 — 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
–Routes 52, 53 & 65 (Caroline; Varna; Slaterville Road) Tues., Oct. 27– 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
–Routes 40, 43, 36 and 37 and Tconnect 77 (Dryden, Groton, Lansing) Wed. Oct. 28 –5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Urban Riders (All urban routes 10, 11, 11S, 13, 13S, 14, 14S, 15, 30, 31, 32, 70, 72)
Mon., Nov. 2 — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. OR Thurs. Nov. 9 – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Seniors Aged 60 and older
Tues., Nov. 10 — 10 a.m. to 12 p.m
- Persons with Disabilities
Wed., Nov. 12 — 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Planners and Developers
Mon., Nov. 16 — 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
(Please note: time and dates are subject to change depending on number of responses.)
WORK WITH A TDP AMBASSADOR
TCAT has established a team of seven ambassadors to serve as liaisons between TCAT and communities throughout Tompkins County. Ambassadors will be flexible on how to connect with people to include: creating virtual meetings, holding phone conferences and scheduling in-person socially-distanced meetings (by following all pandemic safety standards) to connect with and survey neighborhoods and community groups throughout Tompkins County. Click here to meet the TDP Ambassadors.
VISIT TCAT STAFF DURING VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS
TCAT staff will be available for participants to “drop by” anytime during two-hour virtual sessions each week starting the week of Oct. 19.
Check back here for information on how to visit during office hours via Zoom.
- Thurs., Oct. 29 — 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Thurs., Nov. 5 — 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Wed., Nov. 11 — 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Sat., Nov. 14 — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.